The good dog who is bad at sniffing out bombs

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright CIA Image caption Lulu’s experience training as a sniffer dog was tweeted by the CIA This is Lulu, the Labrador who joined the CIA as one of their newest recruits. Her mission: to sniff out explosives. But weeks into her training programme Lulu just wasn’t making the grade. A life at the United [...]

Old banger v diesel: Which is more toxic?

Warren Fyfe

Reporter Tom de Castella and his dad each bet that the other’s car was more harmful to the environment. It was a petrol-fuelled old banger up against a 2009 diesel. But when Tom found someone to do the test, he also discovered that some brand new cars were dirtier than either, in one crucial respect. [...]

‘Death Island’: Britain’s ‘concentration camp’ in Russia

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Aleksey Suhanovsky Image caption Marina Titova lays a carnation in memory of her great-great-uncle who died on Mudyug When British soldiers were sent to Russia after the Russian Revolution their main enemies were the Germans – their opponents in World War One – but they also found themselves fighting and imprisoning Bolsheviks. In [...]

7 days quiz: What is Dolly’s latest venture for kids?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images, PA, Reuters Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41596397

The gardeners of Kabul

Warren Fyfe

For decades Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, has has seen violence and terror. One way the Omaris have coped has been by tending to their garden. In this film, the retired couple show us their beloved plants and flowers which, for the past 25 years, have provided a refuge from the war around them. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41597178

Old banger v diesel: Which is the more toxic?

Warren Fyfe

Reporter Tom de Castella and his dad each bet that the other’s car was more harmful to the environment. It was a petrol-fuelled old banger up against a 2009 diesel. But when Tom found someone to do the test, he also discovered that some brand new cars were dirtier than either, in one crucial respect. [...]

Defeating ‘the most dangerous threat’

Warren Fyfe

Lt Jamie Robertson had just weeks to train Kurdish recruits before they took on on so-called Islamic State. He taught volunteers, including taxi drivers and farmers, how to fight the militants before going into the city of Mosul. Viewers in the UK can watch more in Army: Behind the New Frontlines at 21:00 on Wednesday [...]

Baby loss: ‘People sharing stories is the biggest comfort’

Warren Fyfe

Stillbirth is rarely spoken about. But insights from those who have navigated the heartbreaking experience can help parents come to terms with their grief. A new website, Stillbirth Stories, which collects detailed interviews with mothers, fathers and clinicians, has been launched to coincide with Baby Loss Awareness Week. It aims to nurture a conversation about [...]

Can we teach robots ethics?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this – by themselves – is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC’s David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing? The car arrives at your home bang [...]

Icelandic Pirate Party MP forced to wear eyepatch

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Eva Pandora Baldursdottir Image caption Avast ye! Eva Pandora Baldursdottir sports an eyepatch following an eye injury A member of parliament from the Pirate Party in Iceland was forced to wear an eyepatch for a television appearance following a bizarre household accident. Eva Pandora Baldursdottir wrote on her Facebook wall that her one-year-old [...]